Decision Making Prototype of Tribal Women in Farm Related Activities

Monsumi Borah, Manoshi Baruah Deka and Sayanika Borah


The tribal population in India constitutes a significant part of the population and the women in a tribal society are
found to play a significant role in an agrarian country like India where farming is the main family occupation. Thus
the study was therefore designed to comparatively analyse the decision making prototype of tribal women of Jorhat
district of Assam in farm related activities. The study was conducted among two of the distinct tribes- Miching and
the Shyam which revealed that amongst the Miching tribe, apart from post harvest processing (76.67%), all other
decisions related to crop production and farm management were either taken in conjoint or the tribal women did
not participated at all. With regard to the Shyam tribe, independent decisions were however seen mainly in post
harvest processing (80.00%), weeding (58.33%) and transplanting (55.00%). Pertaining to decision making
related to kitchen gardening, independent decisions was found in almost all activities amongst the Miching tribal
women baring a few. In case of Shyam tribe, independent decisions related to kitchen gardening was mainly seen in
harvesting (75.00%), irrigation (66.67%) and seed sowing (61.67%).

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